Richard Heaton

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Richard is a technical recruiter leading a team dedicated to automation and robotics. With a highly technical understanding and strong knowledge of the sector he is able to provide clients and candidates with a consultative and pragmatic approach to recruitment, offering sincere unbiased advice and support.

Richard has carefully developed a dedicated team to provide a cross section of technical expertise to support any technical discipline your company may require.

If you are looking for a single individual or you wish for us to manage a large recruitment project we can help. If you are a systems integrator, machine tool manufacturer, warehouse automation provider or a technology manufacturer then Richard or a member of his team will be delighted to discuss your need.

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Software Engineer - Embedded Firmware

A Software Engineer with experience of writing embedded firmware for micro-controllers is required for a Birmingham based manufacturer of precision instrumentation. The role of Software Engineer - Embedded Firmware includes the following: Working closely with Electronics Engineer to develop the latest range of precision instrumentation. Write firmware for new products and update and maintain the firmware for existing technology. Code in C although experience with C++ and C# is highly desirable. The suitable candidate for Software Engineer - Embedded Firmware will need to possess the following skills: Experience in writing firmware Technical qualification in Electronic or Software Engineering Knowledge of transducer signal conditioning is highly desirable Experience of working in an Electronic R&D environment experience writing embedded firmware for high precision motion controllers is desirable but not essential. If you have the required experience for this Software Engineer - Embedded Firmware and you are seeking an exciting role working for an established manufacturer of high precision technology, them please click on the link to apply.

Permanent / Stourbridge, West Midlands

CAD Design Engineer (Mechanical)

Due to continued growth my client a leading designer and manufacturer of innovative material handing equipment exporting globally to over 30 countries are seeking a skilled Design Engineer with mechanical engineering experience. The role is based in north Birmingham in a new manufacturing facility. Background and key responsibilities for Design Engineer: Production of full manufacturing drawings with bill of materials, costing, time scale & routings. 3D Design and Project Management. Design of Mechanical Handling Equipment and Conveyors. Skill in mechanical layout design, components and integration into a process flow-sheet. Have experience in carrying out technical discussions with Clients and Sub-contractors relating to Mechanical Engineering and understand any commercial implications resulting from such discussions over the phone or face to face. Ensuring designs are completed with manufacturing in mind (DFM). Autodesk Inventor experience desirable but not essential full training will be given. The role is focused on the solutions operations element of the business and has considerable scope for any Design Engineering or Senior Draughtsperson looking for autonomy and the opportunity to be involved in a wide variety of projects across an equally wide array of industrial applications. Each project is bespoke and therefore requires engineering capability to understand client requirements and develop a suitable solution. The ability to produce effective designs, work with the manufacturing and fabrication facility of the business and also communicate with clients to project engineer each order is essential, but should also be the challenge that attracts.

Permanent / Birmingham, West Midlands

Manufacturing Production Manager

A Manufacturing Production Manager is required to lead the production environment of this family owned globally successful business which specialises in the manufacture of materials handling and component movement technology, this is an excellent opportunity to progress. The business includes CNC machining, medium sized pressings, manual and semi-automated assembly, and a small fabrication/build facility - which requires a strong all-rounder with an understanding of manufacturing process and small/medium batch production. The Manufacturing Production Manager role will report directly in to the Managing Director and has potential to develop to a Director level role in the future. It is essential the successful person has a strong man-management background and be able to lead by example, they will take responsibility for leadership of all manufacturing operations, ensuring on-time and on-budget supply of quality parts and systems and services to customers. You will be hands-on, driving performance and ensuring you spend time with your team to achieve all production requirements and also ensure the business is fit for further growth by developing and mentoring your direct reports, including taking ownership of succession planning and recruitment. You will have demonstrable experience within manufacturing and operations management with the capability to make the most of a traditional manufacturing environment and also develop plans to advance the operation and its capabilities with a forward thinking Managing Director. Manufacturing Production Manager Requirements Substantial experience in manufacturing and production operations - machine shop and pressings preferred Degree qualified in mechanical / manufacturing / engineering (desirable not essential) Evidence of leadership with proven success in leading, growing and developing team members of all levels Lean manufacturing knowledge Outstanding communication skills - internally and for any external client facing requirements Ambition and commitment About The Benefits: Annual salary of £55,000 plus bonus and benefits.

Permanent / Birmingham, West Midlands

Automation Champion - High speed automation

An Automation Champion is required for an established high volume manufacturer of consumer products. The company is involved in numerous NPI projects all of which require automated assembly equipment to commercialise the production. This technology is required within the UK and Europe. The role of Automation Champion includes the following: Work closely with NPI teams who are developing new marketable products, advising on the feasibility of automating the assembly process at speeds of circa 80ppm - 120ppm. Conceptualise the automation solution required and write the detailed specification. Identify suitable system integrators to handle the project/s Provide advice on the sequencing, safety and regulatory requirements. Plan installation and commissioning ensuring production sites are prepared for machinery installation. Consult with integrators to understand the maintenance and servicing requirement for each machine, making sure site based teams build the new maintenance requirements in to the PPM schedule. These machines are very high volume assembly, fitting up to 15 parts in to any one assembly. The parts may be push fit, screw fit, ultrasonically welded or adhesively bonded depending on the application. Your extensive involvement at the NPI stage is to help designers create the final products taking in to account your guidance on speed of assembly and automation. For example, ultrasonic welding is perhaps not the quickest process when you are looking to assemble 120ppm on one machine, therefore product designs may require re-engineering. The suitable candidate for this role of Automation Champion will need to possess the following skills and experience: Experienced Automation Manager, Technical Manager or Lead Design Engineer Design experience of special purpose machinery, ideally high speed but not essential Knowledge of machine sequencing is useful leadership and project management experience. This is a very exciting opportunity for some one who is passionate about the development of technical automation. There are endless automation projects needed and the role will require overseas travel (approve 40% travel). To apply, please click on the link or email - Automation recruitment Specialist.

Permanent / Birmingham, West Midlands

General Manager - Electroplating

A General Manager with experience of managing a small engineering company is required to support a very well respected and and long established electroplating business. The role of General Manager includes the following: P&L responsibility Review internal processes and recommend opportunities for improvement Increase sales through diversification in to new sectors where appropriate and ensure the link between sales, production and dispatch is achieved. Maintain quality standards and look to implement additional ISO standards to penetrate new markets such as aerospace. Make commercial decisions to drive sales, improve margin and increase productivity. Accountability for health and safety and chemical treatment facility. The suitable candidate for this General Manager position will need to have the following experience: An existing General Manager or Production/Engineering Manager looking for a step up to General Management. Technical qualification in Chemical or Mechanical Engineering is desirable but not essential. Knowldge of electroplating or similar processes is highly desirable. Strong commercial experience within manufacturing. Experience with working within a small SME where you need to get involved in all areas of the operation. This a wonderful opportunity to manage a very well established engineering company in the heart of Birmingham. The role provides the selected candidate with an exciting challenge to grow the business in to new sectors. If you have the required experience and the desire to manage a small and successful engineering firm, then please click on the link to apply. In return for your experience we can offer an attractive salary with a tailored bonus scheme aligned to growth.

Permanent / Birmingham, West Midlands

Senior Electronics Engineer (Firmware and Hardware)

A Senior Electronics Engineer with strong experience with designing and developing microprocessors and as well writing the firmware is required for an established manufacturer of automation controllers. The role of Senior Electronics Engineer includes: To develop next generation technology though upgrading existing controllers and designing new boards with the latest advances in component technology. New product development, designing entire board from scratch. Assemble boards for testing prior to production. FPGA Development Write firmware and continue to update the firmware for all controllers over it's life. Continue to innovate, developing additional boards to add to the range of products Integrate analogue and digital hardware Programme in C and C++ The suitable candidate for this role of Senior Electronics Engineer will need to possess the following skills and personal attributes: Experience with designing microprocessors down to component level Board assembly and testing experience C and C++ programming experience BEng, Phd in electronics is desirable but not essential Passion for electronics Happy to work independently without supervision but who enjoys being part of a wider technical team. You will have your own office/workshop with responsibility for developing the next generation technology within an agreed time frame. If you have the desired skills for this role of Senior Electronics Engineer and the passion for product development, then please click on the link to apply or contact on 01384 446 105 Closing date Friday 5th October 2018

Permanent / Coventry, West Midlands

Multi-Skilled Machine Tool Fitter - Special Purpose Machinery

A Multi-Skilled Machine Tool Fitter with experience of assembling complex special purpose machinery is required for an established manufacturer of robotics and automated solutions. The role of Multi-Skilled Machine Tool Fitter includes the following: Working to an engineering drawing to build unique equipment, incorporating robots, pneumatics, motors, sensors, actuators, conveyors and positioning systems. Basic machine wiring connecting the control panel to the various machine parts schematic. General bench working is required to cut profile, tap holes and make minor adjustments to parts to make them fit. Escalate issues with design at the earliest stage possible to ensure a prompt resolution. The suitable candidate for Multi-Skilled Machine Tool Fitter will need to possess the following skills and experience: General bench working skills able to manufacture simple brackets. Able to read a mechanical drawing and pneumatic diagram. Wiring and fitting of sensors and stepper motors. Technical qualifications are not essential. If you have the required skills and experience for this role of Multi-Skilled Machine Tool Fitter then please click on the link to apply. In return for your experience we can offer an attractive salary working for a leading manufacturer of robotics and automated systems.

Permanent / Farnborough, Hampshire

Engineering Manager / Technical Manager - Automation

An Engineering Manager / Technical Manager is required for a Warwickshire based manufacturer of special purpose machinery. As Engineering Manager / Technical Manager you will be required to: Be the "go to" expert for all engineering projects. Work with clients to build a specification and to work out an engineering solution to their enquiry. Work with internal designers to design concepts and detailed designs for automation/special purpose machinery projects. Conduct calculations to determine gearing, motors, pneumatics for use within the machine. Guide and coach more junior designers and engineers. Organise the internal team and sub contract engineers to ensure that projects are well-planned and time-frames are met. Drive engineering capability to facilitate more an more complex and diverse projects. The suitable candidate for Engineering Manager / Technical Manager will need to possess the following skills and experiences: Strong engineering skills with experience of bespoke special purpose machinery design and development. Ability to specify appropriate solutions based on accurate engineering calculations. Design experience You do not need to be able to program however knowledge how machines are sequenced with PLC's is highly advantageous. If you are an experienced Engineering Manager or Technical Manager with knowledge of special purpose machinery/automation and you are keen to work for an established and growing integrator, then please click on the link to apply. 4IR

Permanent / Warwickshire, England

Design Manager (Mechanical) - Precision Instrumentation

A Design Manager (Mechanical) or Senior Mechanical Design Engineer with experience of leading design projects for electro-mechanical assemblies and mechanisms is required for a leading manufacturer of precision inspection equipment. The role of Design Manager / Senior Mechanical Design Engineer includes the following: Lead a small team of mechanical designers and electronics designers to design new electro-mechanical solutions used for precision testing. The mechanical designs will include mechanisms, castings, work holding, jigs and fixtures. Work closely with electronics team to ensure mechanical designs are created with ease of manufacture manufacture and with consideration to how the electrical/electronic components will fit into the machine housing. Design solutions in Solidworks The suitable candidate for Design Manager / Senior Mechanical Design Engineer will need to possess the following skills and experience: Existing Design Manager or Senior Mechanical Designer Strong engineering skills and experience of designing mechanisms, jigs and fixtures. Able to work to tight deadlines taking the lead on all new projects. You do not need experience with electronics however experience designing mechanical solutions which includes electrical components is desirable. Any experience of designing castings will be an advantage as all machines contains cast components. If you have the required skills and experience and you are looking for a Design Manager /Design Lead position with a high precision manufacturer, then please click on the link to apply. In return, we can offer an attractive salary and exciting position to design the next generation of metrology equipment. 4IR

Permanent / Dudley, West Midlands

Mechanical Design Engineer (Contract)

A Mechanical Design Engineer is required for a Birmingham based system integrator of automation and robotic systems. Ideally looking for an immediate starter The role of Mechanical Design Engineer will include the following: Take responsibility for conceptualising automated solutions based around customer specification. Ensure the brief is fully met and that costs are controlled throughout the design phase. Create detailed assembly drawings and support the shop floor with any queries. Design solutions for pick and place, inspection and material handling applications. The suitable candidate for Mechanical Design Engineer will need to possess the following experience: Mechanical design experience of electro-pneumatic special purpose machinery. Experienced with creating concepts and full detailed assembly drawings. Technical qualifications in engineering, mechatronics, robotics or a time served apprenticeship is desirable but not essential. This is a wonderful opportunity to work for a leading integrator of automated systems and offers an excellent working environment which supports creativity. If you have the required experience for this role of Mechanical Design Engineer then please click on the link to apply. 4IR

Contract / Birmingham, West Midlands

Solution Sales Engineer - Special Purpose Machinery

A Solution Sales Engineer with experience of selling bespoke special purpose machinery and standard parts for machine builders is required for a manufacturer of pneumatic systems and bespoke automated production equipment. Location: Home based covering between Birmingham and London. The preferred candidate can live anywhere between these two Cities. The role of Solution Sales Engineer will include: Identify key customers such as system integrators and manufacturers involved in metal forming. Provide a consultative approach understanding the customer's requirement to provide them with a bespoke machine to meet their needs. Sell a range of products used in the manufacture of special purpose machinery such as pneumatics, hydraulics and control systems. The suitable candidate for Solution Sales Engineer will need to possess the following experience: Solution sales engineer with experience of specifying complex turnkey solutions. knowledge of pneumatics and hydraulics is highly desirable Technical qualification is engineering is essential. If you have the suitable experience required for this position of Solution Sales Engineer then please click on the link to apply. In return for your experience we can offer a comprehensive package with excellent benefits working for a global manufacturer of automated machinery.

Permanent / Birmingham, West Midlands

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  • The automation team at Jonathan Lee has taken the time to understand our business requirements, developing local relationships with the individual sites via visits to our locations to ensure the quality of candidates is of a high standard. Furthermore, Jonathan Lee has attributed a member of its Client Services team to act as a senior level contact for Knapp. This ensures there is a high-level of pro-active engagement with us as a customer not only in the traditional recruitment process but also in areas that can indirectly contribute to our business relationship. Should anyone be looking for a recruitment partner with in-depth industry knowledge in automation that operates in an ethical, partnership-based manner I can highly recommend the team at Jonathan Lee.

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